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Now on BBC News it's time now for The Papers
Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be
With me are the political commentator Vincent Moss
Today's front pages, starting with...
The Sunday Times leads on North Korea AND says
President Trump is prepared to strike Korean nuclear sites.
The Mail on Sunday also leads with the rising tensions around
North Korea and their threat to wipe out the United States armada.
The Sunday Telegraph goes with the potential threat to America
It says that North Korea possesses the capability
The Express simply calls it the Deadliest Stand-off.
And the Observer leads on an education story,
saying that free schools will benefit wealthier regions.
The Sunday Times. Sean, this very emotive headline next to a
photograph of a soldier saluting at this big display of military
hardware in Pyongyang. Trump ready to strike Kim's nuclear sites.
Really? President Trump is not afraid to use his military
resources. We have seen that as a matter of fact in the past two
weeks. What is interesting is that we have seen tensions ratcheting up
in the United States and North Korea. Specialists would say that
China has got North Korea under control, but the danger is we have
had various missile tests. It's like the son and daughter of Star Wars,
the notion of missiles being shot down midair. That is causing tension
with the North Koreans. We have this described by the Americans overnight
as a failed missile launch. Can we relax? No, they will keep trying.
The papers are reporting about how dangerous North Korea is, but there
were printed before the missile fail. Most experts think that within
two or three years they will have the capability to strike at America
and this is what the Sunday Times story is talking about. North Korea
will do anything when it comes to America. We have not seen any
evidence though, apart from increasing American concern. At the
moment the issues seems to be that they have the capability to fire
missiles, but they don't necessarily have the capability to put a nuclear
warhead onto a missile, but they could get that. The US is a big
country. It doesn't have to reach Washington, there are places like
Hawaii, which are nearer. That's right. One thing that North Korea
has missiles that launch satellites into space. There is the
technicality of going into the earth's orbit and coming back and
striking downwards. They have theoretically got the ability to
deliver a nuclear tipped missile. It is a bit precise. The question many
people must ask is why are we concerned today and ten months in
the future or ten months in the past? That's a good point, one that
is echoed on the front of the mail on Sunday. Quite a dramatic
headline. Kim's threat to annihilate Trump's Marder. These missiles don't
need to reach America or Europe, they could just reach South Korea or
Japan to be a threat and that is what makes this escalation is a
dangerous. The Chinese are now starting to get a bit more muscular
and interested in it. The papers seem to be trying to make Britain
part of this, but when not. -- but we're not. We've never been more
impotent when it comes to conflict like this and our place at the table
is different and Brexit will make it worse. We do still have an
international profile. It could be a bigger profile because we run her to
coordinate constantly our response with the EU. But we will have two
coordinates with Nato, and we are one of the biggest members, along
with the United States. Vincent, you make a big point. The Russian
ambassador said that Britain is irrelevant and we don't have an
independent view. But we do still have a lot of influence.
The second any missile start flying, Britain will be involved. Let's get
back to the Sunday Times for a change of tempo, as it were. As
everyone will know, it is Easter Sunday. Some people will be taking
advantage of having a lying, eating Easter eggs. Have you started? Not
yet. I'll wait to choose day when they are cheaper. I've got a real
chocolate addiction. Now, Theresa May speaks out for Christian
Britain. She is the daughter of a vicar. Well, her message is quite
similar to that of David Cameron last year. Religious tolerance, let
everyone practice their faith without interference. You suggesting
that someone is wrote it for that? -- that someone else wrote it for
her? Possibly. She has weighed in about the meaning of Easter. Some
politicians have been reticent. It is Easter Sunday and the Sunday
Times, quite rightly that other papers, reflects on that. If you are
a tabloid, you have a bonny, if you are able broadsheet, there is some
religious content. Now, a story about builders who have an earth --
on earth some hidden remains of five archbishops of Canterbury. As I
understand it, they winched the smartphone down.
They say there is an app for everything! It seems they have seen
the Archbishop's feel on 30 Coppins. It is a genuinely Easter exclusive.
The best quote is from one of the people who found it. He said, we
come across a lot of bones in this job, but we knew it was different
when we found an Archbishop's crown on one of them. People try to be
respectful, but there is a lot of building work going on and it is
possible that maybe they did not notice it. One of these archbishops
could have overseen the King James Bible. It's a great find. Hopefully
at some point we will see the images of this mobile phone being lowered
into this sort of vault. Did anyone filmed the people filming it? I
often accidentally pressed the video instead of the still because I'm a
bit hopeless, even with the smartphone, so they could have done
inadvertently. If you are watching and you have the moving pictures,
send them to us. If you discover any historical Coppins anywhere, then
tweet us. Let us go back to the Observer. As they go back, we
haven't looked at it yet. Let's start with this story. Putin set to
lose EU crown jewels. I didn't know that the EU had crown jewels. Two of
them you may not be familiar with, but it is from the Observer's source
correspondent. He is pointing out there could be a double humiliation
because we could lose the European banking authority and the European
medicines agency, which employs about 1000 people. What does it
matter? It's about a talent drain. The Observer is so this is the
start, another impact of Brexit. EU -based bodies will go somewhere
else. It is making the point that it comes at a time where we will not
get the backing from Brussels and the 27 member countries. There is a
box and to play devils advocate slightly, they will have two sort of
move when Britain is no longer a four member of the EU. Is it a
double humiliation that they have moved 18 months early? Maybe it is.
One were covering the campaign by Britain to get the Olympics, which
was a long time ago, Jacques Chirac said there was an argument about
whether the European food agency will be based. I think he was
fighting with the Norwegians. It's completely overshadowed his attempt
to lobby for Paris because he said some rude things about Norwegian
food in the headlines followed him to Singapore. Staying with the
Observer, an interesting story about schools, Sean. What you make of
this? Free schools boom helps the richest. It's a claim by the
National Union of Teachers that money is wasted, to use the words,
on free schools and technical colleges and academy schools that
have either closed or not opened in the first place. To put it into
context, what is not tangible and what is not reported is out of the
investment that was made, some good seeds as well as bad seeds were
sown. We'd know to what extent it is a total waste of money, but it's a
lot cash. There are about 800 of these schools, free from local
authority control. But Italy's into the wider issue as well, as we
discussed was so much money being spent on free schools, obviously at
the moment moving forward with grammar schools as well, it is a
politician's dream, isn't it? Yes. Education is becoming a hot potato
for the government. Labour research says that 20 of the most deprived
areas would get just 12 of the gnu free schools announced. It is
middle-class, sharp elbowed parents who can set these up. David Lloyd
wrote a good piece in the Observer. He argues for evidence led
arguments. People should look at the evidence. Lord Baker, the former
Education Secretary, one of his successors Michael Gove thought that
these free schools were a failure. There is a big debate about them.
They are saying we are good value and are helping children who would
not otherwise get a good education, but it seems that the government are
less enthusiastic. Free schools are getting far less oversight. You
often see people saying, I went to a grammar school and it was great.
People who went to secondary modern that seemed to do that. Where did
you go? I went to a comprehensive. Comprehensive as well.
There is a valid point though that people from the media are from
grammar schools. Now, you both have opinions on this. Kelvin MacKenzie's
column on Friday. A stackable offence? Yes. Anything stackable in
the world of commercial paper is because what you have to look at is
the bottom line. There are all sorts of suggestions about what he said.
It needs to be investigated. For someone who has worked on tabloids,
I do know the oversight that would have gone into that. It should have
been seen by sub editors. When Kelvin says the L Word, as in
Liverpool, that should set alarm bells ringing. Thank you both. Happy
Easter to you. You can go off and relax and read the papers.
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